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making news in america this morning. >> nature's wrath. a coast-to-coast rampage. everything from tornadoes to heavy snow. and it's not over yet. was an airport controller asleep on the job? big changes after airliners were forced to land with no one in the tower. and then this -- >> maybe georgie boy didn't have the stuff. maybe he didn't have it in him. >> memories of screen icon elizabeth taylor. good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. the first week of spring has come in with a bang, hitting some big chunks of the country,
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with everything from tornados to even heavy snow. >> in fact, one twister touched down in northern california last night. it damaged a half-dozen homes along a path that stretched at least a mile long. as the state braces for more nasty weather, cleanup continues in the east, after severe storms rip through pennsylvania. we get the latest from brad wheelis. >> reporter: neighborhoods in suburban pittsburgh were blown apart by a powerful tornado. at least 40 homes and a school in hempfield were damaged, moments after last night's funnel cloud sighting. >> i was scared to death. with my wife and kids. we were just scared to death. >> reporter: a similar scene of destruction in nebraska and iowa. >> all you could see was debris flying around. >> reporter: the twisters hit rural areas between omaha and sioux city. >> the garage just went boom. >> reporter: property owners wasted no time rebuilding.
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floodwaters are rising in south dakota. the owner of a riverfront home along the big sioux, says the water reached his front door in a matter of hours. >> a lot of people say you need to move. >> reporter: the storm brought winter back to northern wisconsin, where 15 inches of snow fell. from michigan to northeast pennsylvania, the roads were especially dangerous, because of falling snow and sleet. >> it's march. it's march. we'll be lucky if we don't get a snowstorm in april. >> reporter: adding to the wintry hassle, a semicarrying 40,000 pounds of eggs crashed in st. paul, forcing twin cities commuters into a scramble. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. and for much more on this extreme weather and what's in store for us today, you can stay with us for "good morning america," coming up later today. and to overseas now, where there's been an outbreak of violence in the middle east. overnight, israeli aircraft bombed military targets in the
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gaza strip. this comes after a deadly bombing in jerusalem. the first such attack in seven years. no group claimed responsibility. but israeli authorities blame palestinian militants. and president obama is facing new pressure from congress this morning over the u.s. role in libya. a leading republican has demanded that the president outline his goal there's. there's been concerns about the mounting costs. predictions are that the no-fly zone military actions could cost coalition forces $1 billion. the tomahawk missiles launched by the u.s. and britain, could cost up to $2 million alone. restrictions were lifted this morning, as workers were handing out bottled water in tokyo. new tests showed reduced levels of iodine in tap water. yesterday, parents were told to keep children from drinking water from the tap. crews are working in near
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cleat darkness. some using flashlights to go about their work. two workers at one reactor were injured today after being exposed to radiation. a key figure in an army war crimes investigation has been sentenced to 24 years in prison as part of a plea deal. specialist jeremy morlock admitted to killing three afghan men last year. he said the killings were part of a larger plot to kill in the war zone. he is expected to testify against four other soldiers. arizona shooting suspect, jared loughner is at a federal testing facility for mental tests. he is accused in the attack that killed 6 and wounded 13 others at a tucson shopping center in january. staffing at air traffic control towers around the country is being reviewed. that's after two planes were forced to land at one of the nation's busiest airports without help from the tower. the one controller, apparently
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nodded off. jim sciutto reports from reagan international. >> reporter: for more than 20 minutes, the tower at reagan international airport went quiet. at 12:10 a.m., american airlines pilot could not reach the tower after being handed over from regional controllers. the pilot executed a go-around, following routine procedure. failing to raise the tower, the pilot treated the airport as if it were uncontrolled and landed. 15 minutes later, a united flight also was unable to contact anyone in the reagan tower. >> tower is apparently unmanned. called on the phone. and nobody's answering. so, that aircraft went in just as an uncontrolled airport. >> that's interesting. >> it is. it's happened before, though. >> reporter: both flights landed safely. there was just one controller on duty at that hour. the ntsb investigating whether he was asleep, away from his desk, or there was some
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communication problem with the tower. whatever they find, they will certainly be reviewing staffing levels at this airport just 2 1/2 miles from the white house. jim sciutto, abc news, at reagan national airport. now, to a developing story overnight, as firefighters battle a huge inferno at miami international airport. the situation is extremely dangerous there because a huge storage facility went up in flames. dramatic footage there. these pictures were taken by a viewer and sent to an affiliate in miami. airport traffic at this point is not affected. >> unbelievable pictures there. taking a look at the weather from all around the nation. heavy rain in the northern half of california, with showers up the coast, into portland and seattle. up to two feet of snow in the see rare ya, nevadas. snow from new york to southern new england. >> 64 in atlanta. a chilly 23 in fargo. and 33 in detroit.
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mostly 50s from seattle to sacramento. and the nice spots, well miami hovers near 90. while new orleans and dallas hit the upper 70s. i'm jealous. >> sounds good. all right. coming up, the loss of a legend. >> have you ever thought of what you wanted on your tombstone? >> barbara walters' favorite moments of her five interviews with elizabeth taylor. and after his "gma" blowup, chris brown is now apologizing. you'll see it when we come back.
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overseas stocks are mixed this morning. tokyo's nikkei average was down today on news of continuing concerns after the quake. the hong kong's hang seng was higher. in london, the ftse opened higher, as well. and on wall street, the dow gained 67 points. the nasdaq index added 14. well, you're going to have to wait a little longer for toyota's prius minivan. it was going to unroll next month. but that shortage will idle plants in this country. the earthquakes, the tsunami and the radiation leaks are becoming a boone for one industry, the companies that make doomsday shelters. the companies inquiries are up by 1,000%. the shelters range in price from $10,000, to millions. your vegetable bills should be coming down in the next few
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weeks. they shot up in the last month. but now, crops planted after the freezes are coming in. well, there is now one less way for drunk drivers to avoid police checkpoints. the maker of blackberry phones is pulling apps that show where police is waiting after pressure from four democratic senators. so far, the apps are still available on both apple and google. also this morning, the gay cure app in itunes is now history. apple has vowed to pressure and remove the controversial software, which had been provided by a christian ministry. but you can still get golf lessons from tiger woods on your mobile device. the app called tiger woods my swing, costs a pricey $10. but tiger is donating his share to his foundation. >> we should see him out this weekend. i'm sure he's praying that he wins one. when we come back, elizabeth taylor's friend turned foe, turned friend again. we spoke to debbie reynolds. and wild weather across the
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and now, for a look at morning road conditions. icy patches on i-95, from new york to southern new england. and on i-90, from boston to syracuse. and wet into the pacific northwest. >> and if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in san francisco, los angeles, salt lake city, boston, new york and in philly. friends and family, of course, all around the world, are remembering elizabeth taylor this morning for her life and her legacy, on and off the screen. >> taylor died of congestive heart failure yesterday at the age of 79, after a storied career that began when she was just a child. our barbara walters interviewed taylor five times. >> reporter: the last icon and first global superstar. she once told me she couldn't remember a time when she wasn't
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famous. famous for her acting, illnesses, jewelry, friends, marriages and divorces. above all, for her stunning beauty. whether glamorously thin, or later unhappily heavy, time never dimmed her legendary violet eyes. >> every day, i pray to god to give me horses. >> reporter: pushed by her mother, elizabeth was a movie star at 12 years old. >> how do you do? >> reporter: her career spanned 70 years and more than 50 films. >> i feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof. >> reporter: opposite the screen's greatest leading men. she was the first actress to earn $1 million for a movie. and won two oscars. her last was a searing 1966 performance. >> maybe georgie boy didn't have the stuff. and maybe he didn't have it in him. >> reporter: but elizabeth the actress, was often eclipsed by elizabeth, the woman. married eight times to seven men.
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she married richard burton twice. the public and paparazzi consumed her every romance. she said there were two great loves in her life. director, mike todd, who tragically died after one year of marriage. and richard burton, whom in 1962, she met on the set of "cleopatra." we both tried very hard to resist. it was just like, boom. >> reporter: and the rest, as they say is history. both were married at the time. and their very public affair, condemned by the vatican, became an international scandal. throughout the '60s, the burtons were the most celebrated couple on the planet. superstars before there was such a word. lovers and friends all showered her with jewelry, a collection considered one of the finest in the world. oh, look at that. in later years, taylor successfully transformed herself into a businesswoman, selli ini
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perfume. but her humanitarian work may be her greatest legacy. using her fame to raise millions for aids research. bravely standing by actor rock hudson, one of its first victims, when others shunned him. to the public, she may have been the last, great movie star. but for those who knew her, she was also a loving mother and loyal friend. >> there's been so many lessons. life and death lessons. emotional lessons. i don't believe in regrets. and i have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow. no one does. >> reporter: the elizabeth taylor i knew was honest and salty and even gaudy sometimes. when i asked her what she wanted on her tombstone, she told me, here lies elizabeth. she hated being called liz. but she lived. >> so quotable, too. if you want to see more, barbara will share more of her memories
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on "good morning america." one of taylor's seven ex-husbands, former senator john warner, will remember her as a woman whose heart and soul were as beautiful as her classic face. also, debbie reynolds also had kind words for taylor. the two patched up their friendship, after taylor stole eddie fisher from reynolds. >> of course, we had a bumpy ride there for a little while when she sought company of my husband permanently, which was an unusual occurrence. and we were past through that. through the years, we remained friends. i spoke with elizabeth about two to three weeks ago. she said it was really tough. and she was not happy with the way things were going. but that she was doing the best she could. and she said, old age is not for sissies, which we all know is true. >> pretty amazing, those two able to maintain that friendship
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after all that. we will hear from debbie reynolds on "good morning america," as well. >> plus, the husbands, the jewels and the legacy of this legendary icon, elizabeth taylor. well, singer, chris brown, is apologizing for his actions after an appearance on "good morning america." he spoke with robin roberts on tuesday. and in that interview, she asked about his domestic abuse case, involving his former girlfriend, rihanna. after performing, brown broke a window in his dressing room. last night, he spoke on the b.e.t. show, "106th & park." >> i want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office and offended in my actions. i was disappointed in the way i acted. a lot of people don't know what went down. >> hmm. now, brown told his fans not to send any threatening messages to robin roberts. in other news, the mystery of a missing connecticut teenager has been solved. the 13-year-old was found safe and at an abandoned farm near
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her home. officials downplayed reports that the seventh grader was a victim of bullying. here's evidence that you're never too old to love. meet this couple. she's 90. they just got married to celebrate his 100th birthday. they warmed up for the wedding by dating for 28 years. they did it pretty well. he asked why they never got married. she said, you never asked me. they finally did. congratulations to the handsome and happy couple. coming up next, the stories we'll be following later today, including that severe weather across the country. and the region seeing the heaviest damage. plus, who to root for at the sweet 16 gets under way today. i've had asthma for 11 years... ...but my symptoms kept coming back... ...kept coming back. then i found out advair helps prevent symptoms from happening in the first place.
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just been lifted after radiation levels finally dropped. but dangerous work continued at the damaged nuclear plant, where three workers were overexposed today to radiation. and a report is due out later today on hunger in america. and the statistics are shocking. more than 50 million americans could not afford food at some point in 2009. that includes 17 million children and also the unemployed. and news on the other side of the spectrum. tiger woods returns to action today, teeing off at the arnold palmer invitational in florida as he prepares for the masters next month. it's been 16 months since woods won a pga event. and byu and duke are the highly-seeded teams taking to the court tonight when the march madness sweet 16 gets under way today. a trip to the final four, who is it going to be? >> come on, tar heels. >> oh, boy. for some of you, now, your local news is coming up next. >> and for everyone else, we'll show you why elizabeth taylor's death really is the end of an
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we know your dog will love it. elizabeth taylor is being remembered this morning as the last of the great glamour stars.
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>> she blazed the trail for so many in hollywood. but how are today's superstars measuring up? here's terry moran. >> reporter: they don't make them like elizabeth taylor anymore. just look at her in the movie "cleopatra." she was paid $1 million for the role. an unheard of sum at the time. and she was worth every dime because -- well, because she was cleopatra. our cleopatra. our image of eternal power of a woman's essential and irresistible glamour. >> i will not be told where i can go and where i cannot go. >> reporter: elizabeth taylor was a movie star. >> have e repor a our biggest dreams. icons of our ideals. and elizabeth taylor, always and
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forever, our beauty. we gave them our eyes. they gave us our dreams, in radiant light that poured out to us from the darkness on the big screen. and they're gone, now, nearly all of them. and the movies are different. and so are the movie stars. yes, there are still ravishing beauties in hollywood. and handsome men. and great actors. but are they great stars? or just great celebrities? something changed in the decades between liz and lindsay. something in the relationship between the movie stars and we, who watch them. >> i'll just watch you. go ahead. >> reporter: and elizabeth taylor's overpowering glamour will live on because we helped create it. >> every day, i pray to god to give me horses. wonderful horses. >> reporter: no, they don't make them like elizabeth taylor anymore. >> bye. >> reporter: because we don't. >> that's the truth, too. >> it really is.


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